Situated in the western hills of Sonoma County near the town of Freestone, the Platt Vineyard rests just five miles from the Pacific coastline. With plantings ranging from 425 to 800 feet above sea level, this site is known for being exceptionally cool, averaging high temperatures of just 75 degrees during the growing season.
These unique variables lend themselves to a balance between the California sun and the coast’s mild maritime climate. Each block of Chardonnay at Platt is planted 100% to Old Wente Clone, known to produce wines of great texture and freshness due to the clone’s inherent small cluster size. The entire vineyard sits on a southwest facing slope consisting of Goldridge loam. A soil highly sought-after for its excellent drainage, and ideal nutrient profile for producing balanced wines year after year.
To Be Released | Spring 2021
Winemaker's Notes | Crushed limestone and white lily fill permeate the glass. On the palate, the structure and flavors are seamless and integrated. Sliced pear, raw almond, and pressed pineapple intertwine with an acidity that carries the wine to a long finish where bright lemon zest and fresh cream linger.
To Be Released | Spring 2022
Notes from the Growing Season | A dry, warm Winter preceded a cool Spring with heavier than average rainfall. Mild Spring conditions led to a late bud break, indicating the potential for a long growing season. Cooler than average, and stable conditions pushed into Summer with flowering beginning in late May and early June throughout the valley.
Protected by a consistently mild Summer, vines were not overstressed, allowing for fruit to mature delicately for optimum color and tannin development. On schedule for the season, veraison began in late July and early August.
Harvest began several days prior to the 2018 vintage with our Platt Vineyard Chardonnay mid-September. Our Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began in late September, and finally concluded in late October.
The typically hot, windy Fall season held to more temperate weather, accenting the long growing season, protecting fruit dehydration and sunburn. The excellent potential seen during the 2019 growing season was translated in the quality of wine of put to barrel. We look forward to sharing this vintage with the release of our 2019 single vineyard wines in Spring 2022.